Grab a stool at the British Beer Company, 263 Grand Ave., Falmouth Heights (tel. 508/540-9600; www.britishbeer.com/local/falmouth), and choose from a revolving selection of more than 18 drafts from the British Isles as you ponder views of the beach across the street.
God knows whom you'll meet in the rough-and-tumble old Captain Kidd Bar, 77 Water St., in Woods Hole (tel. 508/548-9206; www.thecaptainkidd.com): maybe a lobsterwoman, maybe a Nobel Prize winner. Good grub, too.
Everyone heads to Liam Maguire's Irish Pub, at 273 Main St., in Falmouth (tel. 508/548-0285; www.liammaguire.com), for a taste of the Emerald Isle. Live music is performed on weekends year-round, often by Liam. No cover.
Grumpy's Pub, at 29 Locust St. (tel. 508/540-3930; www.grumpyspub.blogspot.com), is a good old bar/shack with live music (rock, blues, and jazz) Thursday to Saturday nights. Cover is typically $5. Look for free passes on the counter at Coffee Obsession (110 Palmer Ave.) nearby.
The great menu with lots of intriguing appetizers at Roö;Bar, 285 Main St., in Falmouth (tel. 508/548-8600; www.theroobar.com), draws a hip crowd.
The Upper Cape's only year-round art-house cinema is Regal Cinemas Nickelodeon, 742 Rte. 151, East Falmouth (tel. 508/563-6510). With six small screens, it's a great alternative to the usual mall movies. More standard Hollywood fare screens at the Falmouth Cinema Pub (tel. 508/495-0505), located at 137 Teaticket Hwy./Rte. 28, at the Falmouth Mall, but customers sit at tables while watching the movie and dining on pub-style fare such as pizza and burgers, washed down with beer and wine.
Off season, The Woods Hole Folk Music Society (tel. 508/540-0320; www.arts-cape.com/whfolkmusic) mounts biweekly concerts October through May (first and third Sun of each month), attracting a grassroots crowd to Community Hall on Water Street, by the Eel Pond drawbridge. General admission is $8; discounts are available for members, seniors, and children.
The Cape Cod Theatre Project (tel. 508/457-4242; www.capecodtheatreproject.org) is a playwrights' workshop open to the public. These staged play readings are performed for just a few weeks in July, usually at the Falmouth Academy Theatre, on Depot Avenue. The play choices tend to be provocative and elicit strong opinions. The rest of the year the talent behind these productions are most likely strutting the boards in New York City. Call for a schedule. Admission is $20.
Starting at about 7:30pm on Thursday evenings in July and August, the spirited volunteers of the Falmouth Town Band swing through big-band numbers while small fries (and some oldsters) dance about. Concerts are free and are held at the Band Shell, on Scranton Avenue, next to Falmouth Inner Harbor. On Friday nights in summer, free concerts are held in Peg Noonan Park, on Main Street, from about 6 to 7:30pm; you might hear anything from a jazz quartet to a folk singer. On Wednesday nights in summer, also in Peg Noonan Park, there are free children's movies shown on a big screen at dusk. On Monday nights, Lobster on the Lawn, at St. Barnabas Church next to the Village Green, is a great deal: For $15 you get a lobster roll, drink, chips, and dessert. Call the Falmouth Chamber of Commerce at tel. 508/548-8500 for details.
The top talent from college drama departments across the country form the College Light Opera Company (tel. 508/548-0668; www.collegelightopera.com), which puts on a fast-paced summer repertory from late June through August at the Highfield Theatre, on the Depot Avenue Extension off North Main Street in Falmouth. The venue, a former horse barn, has been a terrific straw-hat theater for the past half-century. The company's 32 young actors and 17 musicians, some of whom are ultimately Broadway-bound, usually book the house solid, so call well ahead or keep your fingers crossed for a scattering of single tickets. Performances are held Tuesday to Saturday at 8pm; there's also a Thursday matinee at 2pm. Tickets are $30.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.